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Neighbors upset over plans to cut down historic trees in Boyton Still neighborhood

Posted at 5:29 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 17:29:07-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — People are upset now that the city is moving forward to cut down two historic trees for the FAMU Way Project.

Surveyors started on their plans to cut down two Heritage Oak trees on the Southside at the intersection of Gamble Street and Mills Street.

The trees stand in the way of finishing the FAMU Way Project that will connect the Southside to other major streets in Tallahassee. However, preservationists in Tallahassee say that there are other ways around the trees.

"We had proposed a rerouting of this road and we were willing to work with this city to do it how we wanted to. I don't see why the road couldn't have been routed behind the neighborhood," said Max Epstein, a preservationist.

The preservationists say that the true importance is preserving the history and culture in the predominately black neighborhood.